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All About Santa Claus

The character of Santa Claus has taken on many forms and many names throughout the centuries and at different times and in different cultures, the famous Christmas character would take on a multitude of different appearances and forms. Even the name has changed over time as the name Santa Claus itself derives from the mispronunciation of a Dutch variant on other common name Santa is most associated, St. Nicholas. So, how then did all these different variations become the modern day American image of Santa Claus, the bearded jolly old fat man in a red suit who bellows “Ho! Ho! Ho!”? Well, it was a process that slowly developed throughout the 19th century starting with a poem in a newspaper. Read More...

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Santa Claus in other Countries - During the holiday season there is someone who brings gifts for all the good little boys and girls. Now, if those boys and girls are bad they may end up with a heaping helpful of coal and if you are bad you are not going to get away with anything because she is very careful to keep her eyes on who is bad. No, that was not a typo. “She” is the correct word because this was not a reference to jolly old St. Nick it was a reference to the Bottina Lady who was Italy’s version of Santa Claus many years past. Read More...

Here comes Santa Claus - Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, are all names associated with Santa Claus who is believed to be a legendary and historical character that brings gifts to all persons, especially children on Christmas Day. 

The myths of Santa Claus came from the early Christian church from an actual Bishop in the 4th century.  He lived in Myra, in the now present day Turkey.  Nicholas was a generous man, who helped a lot of the poorer population in Myra.  There is a kind deed that he is famous for and is recorded in many theological writings.  It was said that he presented three poverty stricken daughters of a righteous man with dowries so that they could be married properly and not have to become prostitutes. Read More...


Santa Claus is everybody - The knowledge of Santa Claus has been around for centuries.  In Turkey he was a religious bishop who lived in what is now called province of Turkey.  He was said to have a generous spirit and gave to the poor of the town.  He was later canonized as Saint Nicholas of Myra. In Germany, he was the holy Saint Nicholas who saved children from a demon and later used the demon to help him bring gifts to the children.  In America, he is Santa Claus, derived from the name Sinterklass, a Dutch old man who was kind and gave to children at Christmas time.

But who really is Santa Claus?  Let’s look at what he is not.  He is not an omnipresent being who can be at all places at the same time.  He is not the one who comes to your house while you are sleeping on Christmas Eve and fills your living room or wherever your tree is with presents.  He is not capable of flying a sleigh and he does not have any reindeer that fly.  He does not know when you are good or when you are bad and cannot see you everywhere you go. Read More...


The American Santa Claus - The character of Santa Claus has taken on many forms and many names throughout the centuries and at different times and in different cultures, the famous Christmas character would take on a multitude of different appearances and forms. Even the name has changed over time as the name Santa Claus itself derives from the mispronunciation of a Dutch variant on other common name Santa is most associated, St. Nicholas. So, how then did all these different variations become the modern day American image of Santa Claus, the bearded jolly old fat man in a red suit who bellows “Ho! Ho! Ho!”? Well, it was a process that slowly developed throughout the 19th century starting with a poem in a newspaper.  Read More...


Why Santa Brings Gifts - If there was ever was a candidate for endearing figure in American and, for that matter, world culture it would have to be Santa Claus. Yet, despite the fact that Santa Claus remains the single most associated figure with the Christmas season, most people are not all that familiar with the origins of Santa Claus nor the symbolic meaning behind much of what is associated with Santa and his delivering of gifts during the Christmas Season. 

For example, the origin of presenting gifts at Christmas is believed to derive from the birth of Christ when the three wise men presented the Baby Jesus with gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Actually, the notion of exchanging gifts during the winter season is believed to have begun many centuries prior to the birth of Christ in what is now considered modern day Iraq) This winter time tradition later morphed into the tradition of exchanging gifts at Christmas time. But, how did this tradition of exchanging gifts become associated with Santa Claus? Read More...


 
 
 
 



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